Technology has revolutionized the real estate industry, helping home buyers and sellers save time and money. However, despite access to more information than ever before, most consumers still turn to a real estate agent to help them navigate the process and purchase their home. In fact, according to a 2018 Owners.com survey of recent homebuyers, 62 percent did their own home inventory searches online and 83 percent ultimately worked with an agent for the purchase.

“In recent years, the real estate industry has made data and information more readily available to consumers, which in turn has made them more knowledgeable going into the home buying process,” says Daniel Maloney, Head of National Sales at Owners.com. “However, it’s clear that home buyers still value the on-the-ground expertise and guidance that a local real estate agent can provide, particularly in a competitive market where consumers need to move faster than ever to get into a home.” (more…)

Odasi app

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A new real estate app called Odasi (pronounced Od-Uh-See), an acronym for On Demand Agent Services Inc., helps agents delegate small tasks, essentially helping them be in two places at once. The newly launched app takes the power of the shared service economy to create the Uber for real estate agents. It is a business-to-business app for real estate agents.

Dallas real estate broker Andrea Trimble is CEO of Odasi. Trimble says, “We believe we have changed the landscape for completing tasks for Realtors. Our app brings a team-effort feel for real estate agents. Odasi allows agents to delegate tasks that are not money-making activities while best serving their clients. I personally use Odasi and think of the app as my virtual team.”

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Tasks, which in the app are called “Journeys,” include anything from placing Open House signs to finding an agent available that can open a door for a buyer who wants to take measurements of their property in escrow. When you post a requested Journey in the app, you can view the profiles of the multiple agents bidding on your post. You select the “bidder” (agent), of your choice to handle it for you. The bidder will get a notification once chosen. They will complete the Journey on the specified date and time requested, and will earn the agreed upon rate. Rates are set by users, but typically start at $20 for a small task. (more…)

 

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We love a good app here at CandysDirt, and when RealtyTrac announced their new Homefacts app, we had to give it a test. We’ve reviewed several good real estate apps before, and some of them are great for just run-of-the-mill home shopping (Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and Redfin), some give you a more visual clue on a property ( Doorsteps App), and there’s even an app to see if you can afford a home before you get pre-approved.

But the Homefacts is a horse of a different color. It’s a much more comprehensive real estate app in that it uses GPS data or an address search to dissect areas not by homes for sale, but by other factors that may affect a neighborhood’s desirability, such as relative proximity to convicted sex offenders and former drug labs, school performance, unemployment, crime risk, median home value, and disaster risk.

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